Shock and Strut Replacement Grants Pass OR

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Autozone
(541) 472-9700
1601 Williams Hwy
Grants Pass, OR
Services
Auto Parts

Napa Auto Parts
(541) 476-1500
605 Se 7th St
Grants Pass, OR
Services
Auto Parts, Car Washes, Car Detailing

Get It In Gear Transmission
(541) 474-3333
4040 Highland Avenue
Grants Pass, OR
 
Mock''s Mazda Ford Mercury Lincoln
(541) 474-3537
2185 Ne Spaulding Ave
Grants Pass, OR
Services
Auto Body

Jiffy Lube
(209) 744-1344
305 SE G ST
GRANTS PASS, OR
 
Short Stop Lube & Oil
(541) 476-4712
110 Ne Hillcrest Dr
Grants Pass, OR
Services
Oil Change and Lube

Expert Tire
(541) 471-8973
610 Sw 6th St
Grants Pass, OR
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Grants Pass Transmission & Auto Repair
(541) 476-2321
301 Northeast Hillcrest Drive
Grants Pass, OR
 
Tehama Tire Service Inc Oregon
(541) 479-6906
335 Union Ave
Grants Pass, OR
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Autozone
(541) 956-1190
1695 Ne 6th St
Grants Pass, OR
Services
Auto Parts

Why do I Need the Shocks and Struts Replaced?

By Tom Torbjornsen   

I'm sure you've probably heard this before. "Your shocks and/or struts are blown and need replacing." Some astronomical price is quoted and you immediately ask yourself, "How important are these things -- do I really need to replace them?" These are good questions that deserve attention.

First of all, it is important to note that not all vehicles have both shocks and struts. Some have just struts and some vehicles have only shocks. Shocks are part of the overall suspension, and a strut is a complete suspension assembly.

The shocks and/or struts in your car perform two functions. They dampen spring oscillation, and secondly, they aid in ride control. The springs in your car actually absorb road shocks (not the shock absorbers). Surprised? The shock absorber's function is to dampen the bouncing spring. If you did not have shock absorbers to dampen the spring oscillations from road shock, your car would turn into a "bucking bronco" every time you hit a bump in the road, making it very difficult to handle and dangerous.

The shock absorbers in your car aid in ride control by keeping the car manageable during regular driving. They do this by keeping the tires down on the road and not allowing them to bounce after hitting a bump. This allows for ease of cornering and handling.

The symptoms:

  • Vehicle rolls or sways on turns
  • Front end dives when braking
  • Rear end squats when accelerating
  • Vehicle bounces or slides sideways on a winding, rough road
  • Vehicle "bottoms out" (with a thump) on bumps

    In addition, worn shocks and/or struts can accelerate the wear of your tires and suspension parts -- the ball joints, steering linkage, springs and C.V. joints.

    Preventative checkups are the key to side-stepping the effects of worn shocks and/or struts. Have your technician check them every time you have an oil change.

    Things to look for:

    • Leaks on the housing
    • Dents on the shock or strut body
    • Worn rubber mounting bushings
    • P...

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